RENO, NEVADA -- Notes, quotes and observations from the first game of the World Vision Classic…
Cal State Fullerton (0-1) at Nevada (0-1)
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 16, 9 p.m. (et) FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: Fullerton 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Away Record: Fullerton 0-1, Nevada 0-1. Neutral Record: Fullerton 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: Fullerton 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads, 11-4.
GAME NOTES: A couple of teams seeking their first win of the season get together in Reno as the Cal State Fullerton Titans tangle with the Nevada Wolf Pack as part of the World Vision Classic at the Lawlor Events Center. This three-day event has a total of four teams all playing against each other which means there will be a quick turn-around for everyone involved. The Titans, who have just one home game between now and the first week of December, already faced off against the Stanford Cardinal on the road earlier this week, the meeting resulting in an 81-68 setback at Maples Pavilion. As for the Wolf Pack, it too had some trouble in the season opener over the weekend as it suffered a 78-64 setback versus UC Irvine on the road in California. Over the next few days Nevada hopes to have better luck against the likes of Green Bay and Southern Utah during this tourney. As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Pack has won 11 of the previous 15 matchups, including 10 in a row. Nevada, which is 7-2 at home versus the Titans, won the most recent meeting back in 2000 by a score of 77-60. Fullerton played the Cardinal even through the first 20 minutes of action earlier this week, but then the team allowed the hosts to make good on 55.2 percent from the field after the break and was outscored at the free-throw line by a 17-8 margin. Sammy Yeager and D.J. Seeley both dropped in 16 points for the visitors, although they also combined for 11 turnovers and the latter shot just 1-of-6 behind the three-point line on the night. Jared Brandon accounted for 13 points off the bench in 23 minutes and Kwame Vaughn posted 12 points, but he too was careless with the basketball as he turned it over six times. Overall, the Titans lost possession 25 times, which exceeded their made field goal total by two. Miscues are nothing new for this program as they suffered more turnovers (476) than assists (464) for all of last season. Seeley, who led the program in scoring in 2011-12 with 17.3 ppg, was the biggest culprit with his 90 turnovers in 31 games. In the opener against Irvine, the Pack couldn't buy a bucket in the second half as they converted only seven of their 28 field goal chances, en route to the 14-point loss. Overall the visitors were just 34.5 percent accurate from the floor, including a dismal 2-of-16 behind the three-point line. Had they done better at the free-throw line (24-of-33) perhaps they could have reversed their fortunes. Malik Story scored a team-best 21 points and pulled down five rebounds, but he was the only player in double figures as the other starters combined for just 26 points. Kevin Panzer recorded a team-best nine rebounds, but for someone who plays so close to the rim, his 2-of-7 shooting from the field was certainly disappointing. Winning 83 percent of their home games since 2003-04, the Wolf Pack expect to have a better showing in this game and for the rest of the event with the local fans behind them. Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 71, Cal State Fullerton 66